Judges, Part 1 "The Death Spiral"

The Book of Judges –     

How did we get here?      

What’s it about?

The Descending Cycle:

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Judges 2:10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger 13 because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.
18 Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them. 19 But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their ancestors, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.

How can I relate?  Is this any way to live? 

Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

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SYNC GUIDE

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, AND PRAYER

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Sync up?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Judges 2:6-15

Tuesday – Judges 2:16-19

Wednesday – Judges 2:20-3:6

Thursday– Romans 8:5-11

Friday – Romans 8:12-17

Saturday – Psalm 32

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"How does following Jesus affect my actions as a Citizen?

SERMON NOTES:  

Today’s Panel
Rich Potts (Moderator)

John Frahm, Hayden Stephen, Brenda Watson

”How does following Jesus
affect my actions as a Citizen?”

Matthew 22:15-22
15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”
18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”   21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.  Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”   22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

I Timothy 2:1-8
I urge then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—²for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. ³This is good, and pleases God our Savior, ⁴who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  ⁵For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, ⁶who gave himself as a ransom for all people.  This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.  ⁷And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle - I am telling the truth, I am not lying - and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.  ⁸Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

Romans 13:1
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.

SYNC GUIDE

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, AND PRAYER

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Sync up?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Matthew 22:15-22

Tuesday – 1 Timothy 2:1-8

Wednesday – Romans 13:1-7

Thursday– 1 Peter 2:13-17

Friday – Titus 3:1-8

Saturday – Psalm 46

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Summer 2018 - A Summer In Sync Part 4

SERMON NOTES:  

Praying the Lord’s Prayer with understanding, faith, humility and passion intentionally syncs us with God!

Matthew 6:9-15  
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
        “‘Our Father in heaven,            
(This establishes the syncing relationship)

        Hallowed be Your name…        (The first three petitions help sync us, as His allies, with what He is already doing in the world around us –                                                               we join Him)

10 Your kingdom come…                      
    Your will be done…
                                                              
 on earth as it is in heaven.

 11 Give us today our daily bread.                                                                         
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from the evil one.’


(The second three petitions sync us with our Father by training us to embrace Him as the gracious provider for our deepest needs physically, spiritually and relationally!)

How is God syncing us with Him concerning our need and His giving of “forgiveness”?

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

How is God syncing us with Him concerning our need and His giving of “deliverance”?

SYNC GUIDE

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, AND PRAYER

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Sync up?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Colossians 3:12-17

Tuesday – Romans 12:17-21

Wednesday – Ephesians 6:10-13

Thursday– Ephesians 6:14-20

Friday – 1 Peter 5:6-11

Saturday – Psalm 36

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Summer 2018 - A Summer In Sync Part 3

SERMON NOTES:  

How do I get in sync with my Father?                       

Praying the Lord’s Prayer with understanding, faith, humility and passion intentionally syncs us with God!

Matthew 6:9-15  
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

       “‘Our Father in heaven,                 (This establishes the syncing relationship)

     Hallowed be Your name…              (The first three petitions help sync us, as His allies,    

 10 Your kingdom come…                     with what He is already doing in the world around us –         

Your will be done…                               we join Him)   

                                                                                   
                                 on earth as it is in heaven.

 11 Give us today our daily bread.                                                                         
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from the evil one.’


(The second three petitions sync us with our Father by training us
to embrace our deepest needs as only being met through His magnanimous provision!)
 
How is God syncing us with Him concerning our need and His giving of “daily bread”?


How is God syncing us with Him concerning our need and His giving of “forgiveness”?


14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

SYNC GUIDE

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, AND PRAYER

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Sync up?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Tuesday – Matthew 6:25-34

Wednesday – Matthew 18:21-35

Thursday– 1 John 1:8-2:2

Friday – Romans 8:12-17

Saturday – Psalm 19

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Summer 2018 - A Summer In Sync Part 2

SERMON NOTES:  

In order to live this “Summer in Sync” with God we need sharpened perspective combined with good practices !  In other words right thinking coupled with right doing makes for right living!

Jesus revealed God as our Father in heaven, who loves us very much,

         who calls us friends,

         who chooses us as allies.

Exodus 33 11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
 John 15
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will lastu.

How does this Father, Friend, Ally perspective of our identity in Christ keep me in sync this summer?

Practicing in Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,

                  Hallowed be Thy Name…

                  Thy Kingdom Come …

                  Thy Will be Done …                                

                                                      … on Earth as it is in Heaven!                      

Heavenly Father, I am blown away that I get to call you Father…... Abba Father! I praise you for magnificently making this possible in Jesus, who so graciously calls me friend and ally.  Wow!!!!
Father, I pray Your name, Your presence, is joyfully and authentically treated as holy in all of my living today.   I pray that Your Kingdom Reign come over the dimensions of my life and Your Will override all other wills every moment of my day.  I surrender every thought word and deed to your presence, rule and will. 

As Your ally I now call on Your Holy Presence, Your Authoritative Reign and Your Divine Will to come and graciously invade these lives and situations …………!  Let Your invasion happen now on earth in these situations as if in heaven where nothing is in conflict with Your presence, reign and will!  Amen

 SYNC GUIDE

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, AND PRAYER

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Sync up?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – John 15:12-17

Tuesday – Exodus 33:7-11

Wednesday – John 14:25-27

Thursday– 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Friday – John 21:15-19

Saturday – John 15:5-11

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Summer 2018 - A Summer In Sync

SERMON NOTES:  

The summer can be a challenging time spiritually!   

What if this summer we “refuse the line” and “advance the cause” to be in sync with God?

A “Summer In Sync” is about an intentional, creative, connected life with God especially through prayer!

Matthew 11 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

Regular Rhythms
             &
Micro-practices

·         Pray First

·         Give God Credit – out loud! 

Remember WHO has invited us into His heart!

Luke 15 “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. 

Dear Jesus, how desperately I need to learn to pray.  And yet when I am honest, I know that I often do not even want to pray.
I am distracted!         I am stubborn!        I am self-centered! 
In your mercy, Jesus, bring my “want-er” more in line with my “need-er” so that I can come to want what I need.   In your name and for your sake, I pray.  Amen.
 

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Sync up?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Matthew 11:29-30

Tuesday – Revelation 3:14-22 (20)

Wednesday – Ephesians 6:10-18 (10-12, 18)

Thursday Philippians 3:7-11 (8-9)

Friday – Jeremiah 29:11-14

Saturday – Psalm 42:1-11 (1,2,5)

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"A Beautiful Mystery!" Trinity Sunday 2018

SERMON NOTES:  

The Trinity

What?

Genesis 1 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image …!

Deuteronomy 6 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one  5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

John 1 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Ephesians 218 For through him (Jesus) we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. 

How?

The doctrine of the Trinity reveals the nature of God as a singular unified whole (one) while also being three distinct persons. 
One God in three persons – co-equal, co-eternal, co-existent! 

Why?     …… for us!

Grasping, by faith, the mystery of the “Trinity” frees us to receive God in all His fullness as

Father –

Son –

Holy Spirit- 

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Tuesday – John 1:1-14

Wednesday – Ephesians 2:18-22

Thursday – John 3:1-18

Friday – Ephesians 3:14-21

Saturday – Psalm 103

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"The Illuminator!" Pentecost 2018

SERMON NOTES:  

What we celebrate today happened and is still happening!

Acts 1 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Acts 2 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them…  22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.  32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 

The Holy Spirit illuminates us to receive “truth” so we can come alive through faith in Jesus! 

The Holy Spirit empowers us to live in the Kingdom of God and fulfill our vital role!  

We get to Surrender to the Spirit, Receive of the Spirit and then Act like it! 

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Acts 2:1-13

Tuesday – Acts 2:36-41

Wednesday – Ephesians 5:15-20

Thursday – John 14:25-27

Friday – Romans 8:5-11

Saturday – Romans 8:12-17

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